Hokkaido Sights

Showa Shinzan

  • 184–5 Aza Showa Shinzan Map It
  • Shikotsu-Toya National Park
  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

During an earthquake in 1943, Showa Shinsan rose suddenly from a farmer's wheat field. Kept secret during the Pacific War as a potentially unlucky sign, it continued growing to its present height of 1,306 feet by 1945. It's on private land, but a cable-car ride (¥1,500 round trip or ¥840 one-way) up the eastern flank of Mt. Usu provides great views of the mountain, Lake Toya, and Funka Bay. Avoid the Bear Farm near the base—a depressing tourist attraction.

Sight Information


184–5 Aza Showa Shinzan, Sobetsu-cho, Usu Gun, Shikotsu-Toya National Park, 052-0102, Japan

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Published 12/10/2015


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